Panasonic has introduced the PT-AE4000U, the company's latest home theater projector. The big differentiating feature here is 2.35:1 wide aspect ratio, specifically used for projecting film-based content. It comes with a default 16:9 aspect ratio and a 4:3 option as well. The 1080p LCD projector features 100, 000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 1, 600 lumens of brightness, 24/60/120 FPS options, a 12 Volt trigger for a drop down screen, VIERA Link compatibility, 3 HDMI 1.3a outputs, 1 VGA port, 1 component port, 1 S-video, and 1 composite connection. The $2, 499 PT-AE4000U LCD projector, shipping in October, can display a 120-inch image from 11 feet away.
This is too funny not to highlight. A ring box with an LCD video screen! The box can display pictures or video with sound, perfect for nervous types looking to propose to the love of their lives. Having gone through the whole engagement and being married for a little over a year now, I know that most members of the fairer sex have the whole perfect proposal and wedding planned by the time they reach kindergarten age and the perfect proposal does require getting down on one knee. Trust me on this one. But if your soon-to-spouse isn't the status quo type, you can purchase this little wonder from Euricase for $198.95.
Mitsubishi debuted a 140 inch LCD TV at the CEATEC conference in Chiba, Japan. The "Resolia" measures a whopping 120 x × 70 x 5.9 inches and is one of the most popular exhibits at the conference. For a closer look take a look at the video above.
If you know the Bang & Olufsen name, you know we're talking some pricey but high-quality electronics. B&G has just announced the BeoVision 7 complete home theater in a box which includes:
7.1 surround sound speakers
According to the Press Release:
BeoVision 7 combines state-of-the-art technology with beautiful design to produce an incredible entertainment system. It provides the perfect balance between sound and picture performance, with its VisionClear package of High Definition picture technologies, acoustic clarity of the voice track and strong sound reproduction. The digital sound module supports surround sound in 7.1 channels and the connection of BeoLab loudspeakers, including the BeoLab 7-2 and BeoLab 7-4 for the center channel.
Oh, you want to know the how much the BeoVision 7 is going to set you back?:
BeoVision 7 will arrive in all North American showrooms this summer 2007. Expected MSRP $13,250 USD, including the BeoLab 7-2 or BeoLab 7-4 center channel loudspeaker. Stand options range from $500 to $1000 and include rotating floorstand, tablestand, and/or wall bracket.
I have to say the $13,250 price tag didn't knock me out of my seat like I thought it would. While that price tag is probably a little steep for most, that sounds like a steal to me. What do you think?
There's no confirmed reports but Engadget is reporting that Dell is going to discontinue offering LCD TVs. According to the rumors:
According to unconfirmed reports stemming from Taiwan (where else?), Michael Dell is pulling his company out of the LCD TV biz to return focus to its core PC efforts.
And it sounds like it's happening pretty quick:
Dell is purportedly set to stop manufacture this month, so we should know soon enough how legitimate these reports are, a Dell spokeswoman wouldn't comment on the rumors, only stating that Dell currently sells LCD TVs in a limited number of markets.
We don't know a lot of people with Dell LCD TVs but we know they're pretty reliable for a decent price. Still as we told you recently, LCD prices are at rock bottom and probably not very profitable for a lot of manufacturers right now.
Still waiting for LCD TV prices go down before you make the jump? Well, according to Wired.com you'll want to make the leap now:
Thinking of buying an LCD television set? Wait no longer: The price plunge is over. After years of accelerating decline, prices for consumer LCD TVs -- especially those smaller than 32 inches -- have hit bottom, industry insiders say.
That's because the price of wholesale LCD flat panels -- the display component of your TV set -- has recently reached its lowest point and rebounded, according to numbers released by market data research firm iSuppli. When a TV's most expensive single component starts getting more expensive, you can kiss retail price cuts goodbye.
After seeing a 32-inch LCD in my local Walmart for under $500 and an online deal on a 27-inch LCD for under $275, I've got to agree that prices on LCD TVs probably won't get any lower.
Remember the old days when a 30-inch TV was huge? Well they just keep getting bigger and better. CES is in full swing this week and Sharp took the opportunity to introduce it's 108-inch LCD TV. According to Businessweek:
At the International Consumer Electronics Show, Sharp Electronics Corp. took the crown for introducing the world's largest LCD TV, a behemoth 108-inch liquid-crystal display that most people probably couldn't fit through their front door.
Sharp and its rivals also announced technological improvements to how LCDs render high-speed movement, cutting down on the staccato image trails that have so far made LCDs less smooth than plasma models.
Of course since Sharp's 100+ inch TVs are retailing for $15,000 0r more, now might be the time to get a second job if you really want the 108 incher.
For you professional shoppers out there you already know next Friday is Black Friday, the absolutely craziest day of the year to Christmas shop. So just in time for the Black Friday, Vizio has announced some great pricing on Plasma and LCD HDTVs. According to Vizio's Press release:
The Vizio brand continues to grow in product line, performance reputation and market share. Holiday shoppers aren't only looking for the lowest price -- they want a high quality flat panel high definition TV at the best price. This matches Vizio's theme, "Where Vision Meets Value." Vizio's holiday line-up starting Black Friday includes:
Looking for a new and cool TV for Dad but you haven't won the lottery yet? Well, VIZIO has announced some great deals on a cool line of Plasma TVs. According to their press release:
VIZIO ANNOUNCES BREAKTHROUGH FATHER'S DAY PRICES ON HD PLASMAS AND LCD TV
Award Winning 50" Plasma Hits $1,999 Price Point
VIZIO 42" Plasma Hits $1,499 Every-Day Price Point
32" LCD Leads with Super-Value $899 HDTV
VIZIO is now the Fastest Growing Plasma Brand
Here's a peek at those TVs:
VIZIO 50" Plasma
Click Image for more details at VIZIO.com
The VIZIO P50HDM employs 1366 x 768 native resolution, 1,000 cd/m2 brightness and Faroudja DCDi motion-adaptive de-interlacing to deliver vibrant, rich images in 231 billion different colors. The P50HDM's video processor features Single Scan Technology for a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, reduced solarization and false contouring-along with improved sharpness, non-linear chroma enhancement, closed color suppression, non-linear scaling and adaptive contrast/color controls. It's array of video connections includes two dedicated HDMI inputs, a VGA-type PC input and two component video inputs. It also comes with built-in speakers, stand and universal IR remote and is protected with one-year in-home warranty.
The VIZIO P42HDTV takes on the attractive piano-black styling and built-in silver speakers of the P50HDM plasma TV. The 1024 x 768 native resolution widescreen boasts the latest-generation glass with Single Scan Technology for a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, high 1200 cd/m2 brightness and 30 bit, 231 billion colors. Its advanced video processor produces reduced solarization and false contouring while offering sharpness improvement, non-linear chroma enhancement, closed color suppression, non-linear scaling, and adaptive contrast and color controls. The 42" VIZIO features dual tuners, including ATSC off air, clear QAM digital cable and NTSC tuners. It offers PIP/POP, 3:2 pulldown, 3D-comb filter and motion-adaptive de-interlacer. Video connections include two component, HDMI and VGA-type PC (up to 1280 x 1024) inputs along with multiple video settings. It comes with easy-to-setup guide, a universal IR remote control, and a one-year in-home service warranty.
The "super-value" VIZIO L32HDTV LCD offers high definition 1366 x 768 native resolution with fast 8 ms response time plus dual tuners including ATSC off air, clear QAM digital cable and NTSC. It comes with built-in speakers and a universal IR remote control while offering PIP/POP, 3:2 pulldown, 3D-comb filter and motion-adaptive de-interlacer. The component, VGA-type PC and HDMI video inputs along with multiple video settings ensure that it will be in high demand by the entire family. The 32" LCD also comes with an easy-to-setup guide and a one-year in-home service warranty.
Sweet! Those are definitely some pretty nice price points for Plasma and LCD TVs. We've heard some good things about VIZIO TVs and we'll see about getting a a review unit so we can share our opinions with you. If you have any feedback on VIZIO TVs, please share with us in the comments section.
Finally a mobile set top box with a little style.The new Freeview set-top box with built in 11 cm LCD screen is very mobile and weighs in at a whopping 425 grams. There's also a USB port for software downloads via the PC and an optional external antenna for digital TV reception at high speeds. The mobile set-top box operates on a rechargeable battery that provides up to 2.5 hours playtime. A 12 Volt car adaptor is available as an optional extra. The DTI0601 will be available in the UK, Australia, France, Germany and Italy in early 2006.
We really think a touchscreen LCD TV might be the way to go except for one annoying thing - fingerprints. These types of products always miss out on the practical - real world uses and how things will look on the LCD after about 4 weeks of my daughter rubbing jelly sandwiches over the front of it.
All that being said, using it as a MEDIA center PC front end in your media closet might be the way to go. Control your home automation software, surf the Internet, or play computer games using a touchscreen LCD that mounts on your wall could be fun and the Local LCD & Wall Box kit connects to your computer but provides an attractive option to a bulky monitor, so you'll be able to run your programs as usual while the PC resides in a closet.
Price - it comes in at the $2000+ price point we all love and dread at the same time.
We know it doesn't show TV but it does show cool pictures on an LCD screen. We've been totally entranced with getting a reasonably priced LCD picture frame, and we hope it doesn't mean using our current LCD TV in about 10 years as our "reasonably priced lcd picture frame".
"The 8-inch digital photo frame will automatically show your images in a slide show and will work as a card reader as well, working with pretty much every storage card out there. You can plug the card in and view your pics straightaway, and if there's any you're not keen you can also delete (and rotate) them without using a computer."
Hell - it's even got a remote. :-)
It's only available in the UK for now at £150, but this means cheaper frames should be coming to the US soon.
Okay - now my brother and I could have watched both Land of the Lost and Hong Kong Fui at the same time! The new dual screen LCD television from Sharp will allow two different programs to air at the same time depending where one sits. Japanese electronics firm Sharp Corp on Thursday unveiled the liquid crystal display (LCD) set that can simultaneously display different images into the right and left sides of the screen through a backlight. Viewers will get an uninterrupted view no matter where they sit, but what they see will change depending on the angle, the company said in a statement.